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Prism implicates Facebook, Yahoo and others in Europe, student group charges

The U.S. government surveillance program known as Prism, which reportedly collects data from major technology companies, has compelled a European student group to file a barrage of complaints against the companies, claiming the data collection runs afoul of European privacy laws.

New Norton Mobile Security includes database of 4 million scanned Android apps

The Norton Mobile Insight database scans 10,000 new Android apps daily for security and privacy risks so users can make informed decisions about downloads.

Critics question whether NSA data collection is effective

The recently revealed mass collection of phone records and other communications by the U.S. National Security Agency may not be effective in preventing terrorism, according to some critics.

There is no "right to be forgotten" by search engines, says top EU court advisor

The senior advisor to Europe’s top court said Tuesday that Google is not responsible for third party information in its search results and that there is no universal “right to be forgotten” under the current data protection laws.

New privacy bill aimed at reforming FISA and the Patriot Act introduced in the Senate

New legislation aims to reform the Patriot and FISA Amendments Acts to apply greater oversight and control to the government's surveillance programs.


People can (shockingly) find your information on Facebook if it's public

A mobile developer has scraped more than 2.5 million phone numbers using Facebook's Graph Search to highlight alleged "security flaw," but users left those numbers public.


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How to run your own private PRISM program like the NSA

Why should the NSA have all the surveillance fun? Its PRISM spy software is built into a wide variety of tools available to everybody.

British intelligence tapping fiber-optic cables for massive amounts of data

More secret NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowden suggest that the U.S. agency's British counterpart intercepts petabytes worth of communication data daily from fiber-optic cables.

NSA can retain encrypted communications of Americans possibly indefinitely

The National Security Agency can retain communications of U.S. citizens or residents potentially indefinitely if those communications are encrypted, according to a newly leaked secret government document.

Report: NSA is one of Big Tech's best customers

The U.S. government is one of the largest customers of data analytics from tech firms, and the National Security Agency has recruited a top security officer from Facebook, according to a report in the New York Times.


French privacy authority gives Google 3 months to change its ways

France's data protection authority has given Google three months to change the way it handles users' private data, or face legal sanctions.

Google Glass panic triggers rise in facial-recognition blockers

Researchers in Japan have come up with a novel way to keep your face out of other people’s snapshots taken on digital cameras, smartphones, and possibly Google Glass.


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FBI director defends phone surveillance program

A telephone records surveillance program run by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and National Security Agency raises serious privacy concerns and should be reined in, some U.S. senators said Wednesday.


Google asks to make surveillance orders public, citing First Amendment

Google has asked the court overseeing terrorism-related surveillance programs at the National Security Agency to allow the company to publish information on the number of surveillance requests it receives.

A low-tech way to avoid NSA spying

Concerned that your messages are being monitored? Kerry Davis has a tip sure to confound NSA snoops.

Snowden: NSA can access data without court approval

Analysts at the U.S. National Security Agency can gain access to the content of U.S. targets' phone calls and email messages without court orders, NSA leaker Edward Snowden said, contradicting denials from U.S. government sources.